HUAI AN (3x3 Challenger) – Zemun (SRB) won the Huai An 3x3 Challenger after edging out Novi Sad Al Wahda (UAE) 21-17 in the final in Huai An, China on May 20-21.
After winning the first challenger of the season in Nanjing, Zemun continued to dominate the start of the professional season in the streets of Huai An.
With Bogdan Dragovic unavailable, his substitute Dejan Pejic took over.
With the title game tied at 17-17, the 23-year-old scored back-to-back from behind the arc to help Zemun win the game and the 10,000 USD cheque.
Pejic finished 3rd overall in scoring (36 points) and was named MVP of the tournament.
The number one 3x3 player in the world Dusan Domovic Bulut led all scorers in Huai An with 46 points, beating out Bikramjit Gill (Hamamatsu, JPN) and Pejic.
Like it is the case at all challengers, two new teams have secured a ticket to the World Tour. Both Zemun and Novi Sad Al Wahda will meet again at the Chengdu Challenger, scheduled for September 23-24.
Zemun have now clinched a spot in 3 Masters (Utsunomiya, Chengdu and Mexico) while Novi Sad Al Wahda have secured 4 (Prague, Debrecen, Chengdu and Mexico).
Six of the Top 10 teams in the FIBA 3x3 Team Ranking competed in Huai An. The two finalists of the last edition of the FIBA 3x3 World Tour (Ljubljana, SLO and Hamamatsu, JPN) did not make it past the quarter-finals.
The next 3x3 Challenger will be held in Mongolia on June 3-4. The two best teams there will not qualify to Chengdu though, but to the Utsunomiya Masters on July 29-30.